COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 22

January 26, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Review of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning: Seeking Input from the School Community

 

At the January 10, 2007, Board of Education meeting the Department of Education was authorized to proceed this spring with the review and revision process of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning, consistent with the schedule adopted by the Board in September 2000. It is anticipated that the standards revision will be completed before June 2008.

 

An important part of the review process for the History and Social Science Standards of Learning is the solicitation of comments from administrators, curriculum supervisors, history and social science educators, and others who have expertise with the content of the current standards. Please inform personnel in your school division that they may review and comment on the current standards at the Virginia Department of Education website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/SOLcommentforms/. Comments will be received at this address from January 26, 2007, until February 28, 2007.

 

The Department of Education is also seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to review the K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning during the summer of 2007. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or others who have expertise with the content areas and the standards.

 

Committee members reviewing the K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning will be asked to review information related to their content areas prior to convening for a two-day meeting on July 10-11, 2007, to review the standards. Committee members who are not under contract with a school division will receive a stipend, and those under contract may receive recertification points, pending the approval of their school division. The Department of Education will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process.

 

A nomination form to be duplicated as needed for interested individuals is attached. Please return nomination forms by March 30, 2007. Committee members will be notified on or before May 1, 2007. Committee members will be selected on the basis of expertise and experience in history and the social sciences and balanced regional representation.

 

If you have any questions about the History and Social Science Standards of Learning review, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator for K-12 history and social sciences, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-2893; or Betsy Barton, specialist, history and social sciences (K-5), Office of Elementary Instruction, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-3454.

 

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http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf022a.doc